Workplace.

Are You An Armchair Critic?

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 08.26.2016 | Canada Business
Rhonda Scharf

We criticize the athletes' outfits, the colour of their hair, their body art and especially their performance. "Oh, he planted his foot too early on that hurdle!" or "She needs to get a better start so she doesn't fade in the last 20 metres!" and so on. What gives us the right to criticize them? Why do we assume that we "know better"? And more importantly, why do we do this at work, too?

Have You Lost Your Credibility At Work?

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 08.15.2016 | Canada Business
Rhonda Scharf

Credibility is one of those invisible skills that we have quite a bit of control over. It can affect every aspect of your life including your professional life. Luckily, there are many ways you can control your credibility.

Challenging Your Confidence And Taking It To The Bank

Monique Caissie | Posted 08.05.2016 | Canada
Monique Caissie

It was 1979 and fresh out of high school, she was excited to have her first real job in a bank so close to her house. Even though it was entry level, ...

The 2016 Professional "Hall Of Shame" Awards

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 07.27.2016 | Canada Business
Rhonda Scharf

Every day, we see people whose photos should hang in the Professional Hall of Shame. People who are simply awful at their jobs, and who somehow manage to get away with bad behavior. They never get fired, but they give their profession a bad name.

Observations On Gen Z In The Workplace

Sheryl Boswell | Posted 06.13.2016 | Canada Business
Sheryl Boswell

Only recently has greater attention been paid to Generation Z. As more data is collected, what we are beginning to see is not so much a continuation of the trends we saw with Millennials, but the introduction of a new cohort with their own priorities, beliefs and abilities. With yet another generation (for a total of five!) entering the workforce, it's important to understand what makes them tick so that we can better understand how to make the most of them.

Do You See What I See?

Deri Latimer | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada
Deri Latimer

Recently, I purchased a one year licence to use Zoom, a video conferencing service. I had experienced it prior to purchasing it and I liked the opport...

Shows Like Game Of Thrones Don't Do Working Women Any Favours

G(irls)20 | Posted 06.06.2016 | Canada Business
G(irls)20

Culture says that women ought to be homemakers, look pretty and that they're prizes to be "earned" by men. But culture is learned, and in no small part via popular media. Americans spend on average five hours daily watching TV, for example -- lots of time for media to cultivate unconscious biases.

How To Handle Gossip In The Workplace

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 06.02.2016 | Canada Business
Rhonda Scharf

Gossip. It happens in every workplace and in every family. For some reason, we just love to talk about others. Perhaps it makes us feel better about ourselves, and maybe it reassures us that no one is perfect. Whatever the case, it can make for some pretty interesting lunch conversation.

5 Simple Ways To Be Healthy At Work

Dr. Allana Polo | Posted 05.31.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Allana Polo

If you are going to spend a lot of time at work, you need to make sure you are living well, even amongst the stress and strain of deadlines and performance reviews. The good news: it's not as hard as you think. Try incorporating some of these simple principles and ideas into your average workday.

Stop! You Are Paying Your Admin Too Much

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada Business
Rhonda Scharf

Start using your administrative professionals to their full potential, and that means taking advantage of all of their capabilities.

Raising Your Workplace EQ: The Value Of Creating Connections

Marcia Sirota | Posted 05.19.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Being talented, driven, confident, curious, creative, courageous and ambitious are all necessities if you want to be a success in any field, but they're not enough. The interpersonal component can make or break even the most promising career. The bottom line is that if you don't know how to relate to other people it will be difficult, if not impossible, to succeed in your career.

It's Not All Doom And Gloom In Canada's Job Market

Tom Turpin | Posted 05.17.2016 | Canada Business
Tom Turpin

Randstad compiled and crunched data on nine of the hottest job sectors in Canada, surveying employers, candidates, and industry experts from coast-to-coast, and collecting feedback on what's driving job growth and talent across the country.

Why Soft Skills Beat Hard Skills In Business

Evan Thompson | Posted 05.11.2016 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

For those climbing the organizational ladder (and others already at the top) the ability to earn the trust and loyalty of colleagues, clients, and prospects through exceptional soft skills now tops the value of technical expertise as the hunt for prospective leaders continues.

You Are The Sum Of Your Experiences

Judy Mann | Posted 05.04.2016 | Canada Business
Judy Mann

I am proud of where I am today and who I have become. I am the result of all of my experiences -- the good, the bad, and the not so good. And, I wouldn't go back and change a thing. So, to those that I have worked with, worked for, and known throughout that almost 40 years of workplace experience, thank you. You are part of my whole.

Is Your 'Strong Work Ethic' Killing You?

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

Last week I worked with a client who prides himself on his strong work ethic. Hard work and excellence matter to him (which is awesome!). The problem? He's burning himself out with 14-hour workdays. And he's calling it "strong work ethic."

Don't Mistake Speed For Efficiency In Customer Service

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 04.06.2016 | Canada Business
Rhonda Scharf

It's Friday night and weather at Newark has caused another flight cancellation. The lines are long, but the staff is excellent and moving through the line quickly. And then I find out why. As pleasant, compassionate and friendly as they are, they are singularly focused on serving the customer quickly; yet not efficiently.

Why Investing Time In Innovation Pays Off

Steve Titus | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada Business
Steve Titus

Time is a precious commodity. Everyone wants more of it but there are only 24 hours in a day. And every company wants to be seen as innovative but it is not something you can always book a meeting to accomplish. Innovation usually requires an investment of time and resources.

To Get Ahead, Stop Being Nice And Start Being Real

Marcia Sirota | Posted 03.18.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Being too nice is meant to promote harmonious relationships, but in reality, it creates dishonest interactions in which the other person doesn't know the real you and therefore will never be able to respond to your real needs.

6 Strategies To Add Some Bounce To Your Step This Spring

Deri Latimer | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Business
Deri Latimer

It's almost spring! A time of birth, of renewal, and awakening! Here are six strategies to help you bounce (or 'spring') into spring!

The Two-Metre Rule Can Help You Avoid The Flu At Work

Jason Tetro | Posted 02.15.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

There is some debate as to whether or not being sick at work does increase the chances for a small-scaled outbreak. After all, unless a person comes into contact with the bodily fluids of a sick person, the risk may seem remote at best. It's generally known as personal distancing of the two-metre rule.

5 Ways To Help Employees Develop Skills For The Future

Tom Turpin | Posted 01.28.2016 | Canada Business
Tom Turpin

As technology, culture and social norms are all changing rapidly, employers need talent that can combine technical know-how with general capabilities, or soft skills. As such, hiring managers are now looking for more than IQ and EQ in prospective employees.

Are Open Office Environments Hurting Productivity?

Steve Titus | Posted 01.18.2016 | Canada Business
Steve Titus

Open offices create a more collaborative atmosphere because employees can interact more easily. However, there should be spaces that allow employees to be focused and others for collaboration. Open office frustration tends to happen when the spaces are not used properly.

Working Mothers: Don't Confide In Your Boss

Pamela Lenehan | Posted 01.12.2016 | Canada Parents
Pamela Lenehan

It is hard to be a working mother. There are days you just don't think you can manage everything on your to-do list. You may be tempted to confide in a colleague or you boss at work and unburden yourself, but here's a word of advice: Don't. Instead, call a friend, your sister, or your mother.

It's Time We Cut Ourselves Some Slack In The Workplace

Andrew Rennie | Posted 01.07.2016 | Canada Business
Andrew Rennie

We're conditioned to act like we don't need sleep or weekends, only fleeting validation for that campaign that just hit market and a swig from the company whiskey bottle. I had never much subscribed to the notion of Toronto's permeating anxiety, however, until I returned from a much-needed trip over this past holiday break.

Mentoring Others Can Empower Your Career

Mary Donohue | Posted 01.04.2016 | Canada Business
Mary Donohue

Most of us are motivated by self-interest. That "self" might include your spouse and your children, or your parents and your extended family. Or it may just mean you. But you, like me, may want to make lots of money and create a better world for yourself and those you care about. You can do both.